Nuclear-armed North Korea fired off two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday evening, Japan's Defense Ministry said, just a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris was due to visit South Korea.

It was the isolated country's second missile launch in four days.

Japanese State Minister for Defense Toshiro Ino told reporters that the missiles were believed to have landed in waters outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from its coast.